Joann Averill, Connecticut Licensed Clinical Social Worker
A crisis or particular life stressor is often what initially brings people to therapy. Others come to therapy to work on old issues that continue to re-surface, causing problems for the individuals themselves or in their relationships with family or at work. Many people find therapy to be a place where they can, on an ongoing basis, work on increasing personal insight and self-awareness in order to live more fulfilling lives and work toward achieving their highest potential. Whatever brings you here, therapy can be a place to help you restore balance in your life and to live life to the fullest.
In therapy, we work together to bring about lasting change. Much of the success of therapy depends on a comfortable fit between the individual and the therapist. I have an interactive, authentic, and strengths-based approach in my work with individuals, couples, and families. I also believe it is important to have a sense of humor. We work together to develop new ways of thinking about situations and we look for ways to change patterns of behaving. We schedule regular meetings, usually weekly and lasting one hour. We talk about issues of importance to you, while I provide feedback, thoughts, and ideas.
I have been in private practice as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since July 2003. My past work experience includes working in a psychiatric hospital, a residential treatment for children and adolescents, a halfway house for adults with substance abuse issues, and for the Department of Children and Families.